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Occupational Therapist

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Additional RSU allowance of £1446 per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Occupational Therapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Oxford Health Foundation Trust Forensic Service is developing and delivering a new integrated model of mental health care for men in prisons across the region. We are looking for forward thinking, innovative, creative, compassionate and thoughtful senior Occupational Therapists who will be able to offer a wide range of interventions in busy and challenging environments. You will be managing a caseload of patients in a person-centered way to plan, deliver and evaluate care, whilst being supported by a well-resourced multidisciplinary team. You will be able to develop your own practice, and support others to develop theirs, in partnership with primary health care providers and prison staff.

Main duties of the job

The postholder is responsible for the provision of a range of graded therapeutic interventions to support service users in areas of self-maintenance, productivity and leisure within the prison relating to their well-being and mental and physical health.

About us

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of individual and group work to meet clients identified mental health needs.
  • To take responsibility for a clinical caseload. This will include caseload management and decisions on how to prioritise the workload involving clients with highly complex and multiple needs within a restrictive environment.
  • As a member of the multi-disciplinary team, to carry out assessments, profession specific/multi-disciplinary/multi-agency, including gathering complex information from clients and other members of the multi-disciplinary/multi-agency team. This includes the use of specialist standardised assessment tools, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and observation of the client and their environment. This also involves completion of highly complex risk assessments and other documentation.
  • To undertake the role of Care Co-ordinator for an identified number of clients on the caseload, some of whom may be on enhanced CPA with multiple and complex needs.
  • Contribute to the delivery of CPA multi-disciplinary care plans.
  • To contribute to the overall care plan using effective Occupational Therapy treatment programmes and negotiate and communicate these with the client and other members of the treatment team. This will include the use of a highly developed clinical reasoning, practical and analytical skills, all of which are underpinned by advanced theoretical knowledge relevant to the specialism. Effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills will be used which demonstrate empathy and leadership appropriate to the management of the situation.
  • To recommend suitable adaptations to enable clients activities of daily living and to organise the implementation and maintenance of these.

For further information about this role please review the job description and person specification attached to this advert.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional registration with the Health Professions Council
  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
Experience Essential
  • Experience working as a qualified O.T, preferably in forensic mental health.
  • Experience of caseload management/complex conditions & cases
Skills Essential
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, with patients, carers & staff Team work skills
Management Essential
  • Supervision of junior staff and O.T students.

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